Based on the Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians (6:1-16) - where the Apostle exhorts his readers, "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ." And just a few verses later, "For all must carry their own loads." This seems to be a contradiction. When do we draw near and help another with a burden they are carrying? And when do we resist and let them 'carry their own load?' It is not always easy to know. One example I have used is this: When my children were young and started to have projects for school, they were often due on a Monday. When the time crunch came for them (usually Sunday afternoon), I was tempted, with all of my good ideas and good intention, to dive and to help them. I thought I was helping them to 'bear a burden' but I was really just bailing them out - shielding them from the consequence of procrastinating. I would have been more helpful to stand back, offer encouragement and LET THEM DO IT, regardless of the outcome. By carrying our own loads, we learn. It may be painful for us; we may fail, but there is learning that we can apply next time (for there will surely be a 'next time'). The book costs about $12. We will gather early in the Fall and discuss the principles clearly outlined in the chapters. You can sign-up today via email. Let me know if you are interested. To learn more visit this link where you will see and hear one of the authors, Dr. Henry Cloud, discuss the core principle of the book.
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